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Posted 6/17/2018 9:31pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We have one Dirt Hog available.  It is $1/# hanging weight, processing about 70 cents/ lb.  It will be a little over $2/#.  Check prices at the local grocery and what they get for CAFO hogs.
  • We have some beeves almost ready.  I will be delivering two beeves to customer freezers this week.  I need to schedule one for the processor this week.  Harvest is proceeding well with plenty of great grass.
  • I will also be scheduling the ground beef harvest this week.  As soon as I get that date fixed, we will schedule the pick up date.

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Watch "You Need More Salt" 


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One of the easiest ways to curb obesity is simply to eat real food. A real food diet will also help protect against chronic diseases such as cancer. South African natives given a fast food diet developed biomarkers indicative of colon cancer in just two weeks

 

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Here is a preview of a Wendel Berry film, Look and See. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIZmvj3MiRw-

(great film)

 

I want all to get to know who is Wendel Berry!!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ejYAfcjJmY

 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 6/3/2018 9:56pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • I got a call this past week from a neighbor who has a dirt hog to sell.  This is a pretty big one, so you may just want a half.  Let me know by this Tuesday.  Price is $1/lb plus the processing. 
  • We have a few tubs of lard available, $7 each.
  • We have had very little rain.  Just enough to keep grass growing.  Ponds are starting to show a lot of the bank.  Need some serious rain for them.
  • We have been eating strawberry shortcake almost every night.  Sure is good with cream from Iris, our family milk cow.
  • We got our first cutting of alfalfa hay up this past week.  There were some showers around, but not on the hay.
  • Our guinea hen hatched out a bunch of keets this week.  Sure are cute and so little.
  • Virginia"s next chicken day is this next Saturday.  She has found a source for non GMO grains.  Her price is remaining at $3.50/ lb.

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Big Food, Inc. is serving up a fatal harvest that includes water and air pollution, soil erosion and fertility loss, the obliteration of pollinator populations and biodiversity in general, food contamination, aquifer depletion and climate destabilization.

Last but surely not least, Big Food’s harvest is destroying your health.

The U.S. now spends more money on so-called healthcare than any other nation on Earth—$3.5 trillion a year.

Yet, public health continues to deteriorate, thanks to an environment contaminated by more than 84,000 industrial and agricultural chemicals, and a steady diet of cheap, unhealthy grub dished up in supermarkets, restaurants, schools and institutional settings.

Even the government admits that about half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns.

According to a report in The Guardian: "Approximately 85 percent of Americans do not consume the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recommended intakes of the most important vitamins and minerals necessary for proper physical and mental development."

With a government more interested in protecting corporate profits than in safeguarding your health, are we doomed?

Or can we take back our food—and our health?

Read Ronnie’s latest: ‘Beyond GMOs and Fast Food Nation: Regenerating Public Health’

As consumers worldwide become increasingly aware of the problems linked to GE crops and the toxic chemicals and pesticides used on them, more and more people are proactively refusing to eat these foods. There’s also strong growth in the global organic and grass fed sectors. This just proves one thing: We can make a difference if we steadily work toward the same goal. I recommend visiting these trustworthy sites for non-GMO food resources in your country:


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How to Cut Broccoli Properly to Get the Most Nutrition https://recipes.mercola.com/how-to-cook-broccoli.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20180408Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM199048&et_rid=268841819

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Watch "You'll Never Guess The Biggest Cause of Inflammation Causing Free Radicals" 


https://youtu.be/tMx4kEtIQzw







THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 5/20/2018 11:00pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • I received notice that one of my contacts for Dirt Hogs has a couple of hogs ready to be processed.  If you are interested let me know.  They are still just $1.10 per lb hanging weight (about 100#/ half).  Processing is about $90.  
  • For those on the freezer beef list, we will be selecting this week.  Your email notices will be sent probably next week.  The price for this year is $4.25/lb hanging weight.
  • We have been eating very well from our raised beds.  We had our first strawberry shortcake today.  Absolutely no comparison to the big, tasteless berries in the grocery store.  
  • We shared a baby SCOBY with someone this past week.  Homemade KOMBUCHA is the best.  Our favorite is to add lime and fresh ginger.
  • Finally, we had a much needed rain, just over an inch.  Seemed like the promising cells would go south, go north or just fizzle out at the state line to our west.
  • Take a look at our raised vegetable bed.  It is full of lettuce, spinach, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, beets, parsley, cilantro, peas on the trellis, carrots and more.

Junk Food Now 'Supporting Regenerative Farming Practices'

Cookies and other processed snacks do not suddenly become health foods simply because they're made with ingredients that weren't doused with toxic chemicals.

Take Annie's (a division of General Mills), for example, which touts "advancing regenerative farming practices" with a limited edition organic Mac & Cheese and organic Bunny Grahams, made with ingredients grown according to "regenerative farming practices."2 The products will be exclusively sold at Sprouts Farmers Market this spring. According to Carla Vernon, Annie's president:

"As part of the food industry, our biggest opportunity for impact is at the farm level, where we have a critical role to play in advancing regenerative practices that generate positive impact. At Annie's, we recognize the urgency of this, and we are more committed than ever to champion projects, big and small, to preserve the planet for generations to come.
Through these new limited edition products and direct-farm partnerships, we are showing consumers that food choices matter and can make a positive impact on the planet."

There's a range of farming practices that could be referred to as "regenerative," even though they're only slightly different from or better than conventional, chemical farming.



What most Americans really need is to start eating real food. That's what's going to save the planet and improve their health. Pesticide avoidance will only get you so far. It's an important part, for sure, but if you continue eating a diet chockful of processed foods, even if they're organic and regeneratively grown, your health is still going to suffer from nutritional imbalances.

Then there's McDonald's, which recently announced it is replacing frozen beef with fresh, cooked-to-order beef patties for two of the items on its burger menu4 — as if avoiding freezing will make that CAFO beef any healthier. What's next? Regeneratively grown french fries?

The beef is still coming from factory farms where the cattle are given drugs and antibiotics to quell disease and encourage growth. As a result, such meat is more prone to be contaminated with drug-resistant pathogens and has a poorer nutritional profile compared to organic grass fed beef. Aside from improving flavor, the shift to fresh beef is really inconsequential in terms of overall food quality and nutrition.

In most cases, your best bet will be to buy directly from your local farmer once you've asked questions and received answers to your satisfaction about how the food is grown and raised. For resources that can help you locate organic and regenerative farms in your area. In addition to that, consider:

Boycotting GMOs, including every nonorganic packaged food product that displays a QR code. The easiest way to avoid GMOs is to buy organic, or look for the "Non-GMO Project" seal on food products. Keep in mind, however, that many "Non-GMO Project" labeled foods (unless they are also labeled organic) are produced using pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Boycotting factory-farmed meat, dairy and poultry (i.e., anything that isn't labeled or marketed as organic or 100 percent grass fed or pastured).  Be aware most grass fed beef in the large grocery stores is imported from Australia and New Zealand.  It may be labeled as US only because it is finally processed in the US.   Factory farm production is characterized by GMO- and pesticide-tainted animal feeds, labor exploitation, false advertising, corporate corruption of government, and the use of massive amounts of dangerous pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones and growth promoters.

Factory-farmed meat, dairy, poultry and fish are the No. 1 cause of water pollution, soil degradation, food system greenhouse gas emissions and human diet-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. We will never get rid of GMOs, chemical-intensive monocrops, antibiotic resistance, animal cruelty and agriculturally derived greenhouse gas emissions until we eliminate factory farms.


https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/03/27/regenerative-agriculture-the-next-big-thing.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180327Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM195707&et_rid=255928326

 

Be sure to take the time to read the above and then feel free to forward any of this information to a friend.  You never know when they may be searching for a source of good, nutritional, quality food.

 

 

 

THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 5/14/2018 9:42pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Wow, our strawberry raised bed is just full of blooms and hundreds of green strawberries.  Our fruit trees are loaded with cherries, peaches, apples and plums.  I'm sure the pears will show later.
  • Most of my grafting this year was successful, and those from previous years will have fruit this year.  Just think, you can have one tree in your backyard and it can have many different fruits on that same tree.
  • Our raised bed is full of real food.   Anyone wanting to get a tour, just let us know.
  • Times are changing, everyone used to respond to an email.  Now an email can sit in ones inbox for days.  We will be asking for a phone number for all orders.  Our experience is a phone text is answered almost immediately.
  • We have a half of a dirt hog that needs a new owner.  I can't wait any longer for a response to my email.  Let me know, first email gets it.
  • If you got a dirt hog in April, could you email me your check number, so I can update my records.  I think I have a person with two different numbers.  Thanks.

 

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There's a great deal of science involved in fermentation. Some people even find all the details quite fascinating on how Mother Nature provides us with such a gift. Louis Pasteur, the French chemist, was the first to study the chemistry of fermentation.

https://products.mercola.com/kinetic-culture/?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=dpe&utm_campaign=20180327Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM195707&et_rid=255928326

 

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 Organic standards have been significantly watered down, in some cases to the point of no longer fulfilling even the most basic criteria. Case in point: The acceptance of hydroponics for organic certification. According to organic regulations, an organic grower's crop rotation plan must maintain or improve soil organic matter, yet hydroponics grow food without any soil at all. Without soil, how can their operations improve soil health?

Regenerative agriculture is a return to what organic was originally all about — the protection and rebuilding of topsoil and ecological biodiversity. Unfortunately, Big Food is acting quickly this time around. Companies are already trying to cash in on the burgeoning trend, and it becomes rather problematic when junk food is paraded as flagship products for regenerative agriculture.

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Another good Dr. Berg video. https://youtu.be/OvgQNvq7inI


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Bloodpressure!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFmjLloYN7A&feature=youtu.be




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 5/1/2018 9:14pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Just to make sure everyone has the opportunity to see grass based genetics at work on a fresh new grass pasture.  This was yesterday.  It was a sight watching them attack this salad bar of new grass.  They acted like we had had them on dirt for a week.  They had been on another fresh pasture and we rotate frequently to harvest our pastures.  As you are out and about this Spring and see cows on pasture notice how tall the grass is.  Most pastures in my area have dirt showing.
  • Purple Martins are back in force.  All of our gourd houses are full.  
  • Ground beef pick up went very well.  The list for the next harvest has started.  Will be mid summer for the next pick up.
  • The "Dirt Hog" list is empty.   We finally got caught up.  I have another new source, so there will be more.
  • Our raised beds are full.  Hopefully, you have started your gardens.  Fresh vegetables always taste better and are more nutrient dense than anything from the store.
  • Remember, May 12 is Virginia's first chicken day.  You can contact her at souscon4@gmail.com

Please forward this to your friends even those not dealing with cancer. Make sure your immune system is being given a high priority.

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Story at-a-glance

  • Industrial agriculture, factory farms and GMOs have devastated the environment, public health and rural economic development

  • The U.S. now spends more money on health care than any other nation, in large part due to damage to the environment and public health

  • Approximately 85 percent of Americans do not consume the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recommended intakes of the most important vitamins and minerals necessary for proper physical and mental development

  • We need to boycott GMOs and factory-farm food, and make organic, regenerative and grass fed food the norm by 2025

 

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/03/14/boycott-gmos-factory-farm-food.aspx

 

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Debra planted a lot of beets for this year and then this article appeared in my email. It's time. PLANT SOME BEETS. https://www.naturalhealth365.com/beet-juice-heart-failure-2505.html




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 4/15/2018 7:46pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • The Martins returned this week.  At least several are back.  There was one barn swallow feasting ahead of me as I was running the pasture renovator.  When mowing with the tractor in the Summer, there are usually a dozen or more swallows feasting as I stir up the various insects.
  • Hopefully, tonight will be the last night for freezing temps.
  • Ground beef pickup will be this Saturday.  Let's make it from 12- 12:30.  I will know how many pounds I have this Wednesday.  Those on the list will be getting an email Wednesday afternoon. I will include your requested amount for you to verify.  Please respond promptly so if there is extra I will have time to contact any on my list I didn't email due to not enough ground beef.
  • We now have a new heifer calf.  I recently sold Natalie, one of our milk cows.  The buyer called me when she had her new calf, very excited.  Then, about two weeks later, I got a call saying he wanted to sell the calf as he wanted all the milk for customers.  We bought the calf, and now Iris, the Guernsey we are now milking, has two calves to raise.  That means less milk for our very limited customers.

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Your Body Needs Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

Cholesterol is not only beneficial for your body, it’s absolutely vital for optimal functioning.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/03/03/higher-cholesterol-levels-associated-with-better-health.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180303Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM189440&et_rid=230815473


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What Is Oil Pulling?

While sesame and sunflower oils may functionally break down bacteria, coconut oil adds another advantage. Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid found to inhibit Streptococcus mutans, the chief bacteria responsible for cavities.4,5

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/08/03/oil-pulling-benefits.aspx

By increasing the pH in your mouth after pulling you may reduce bacterial growth even further. To do that, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 6 ounces of water and gargle. This will alkalize the pH of your mouth, and since bacteria thrive in an acidic environment, the increased pH will discourage growth.

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Regenerative Agriculture Is Saving Farmers, Ranchers, and the Environment from Financial and Ecological Failure

How You Can Support Regenerative Farming

Consumers can assist the process of converting conventional chemical-based agriculture into a system that relies on regenerative practices in a number of ways. For starters, "voting with your pocketbook" is one of the most potent ways to support farmers who have transitioned, or are transitioning, to sustainable practices. As noted by Allen:
"The exponential growth of the grass-fed sector over the last 15 years, as well as the local food movement, the increasing number of farmers market in the US, and the increased incident of direct marketing—consumers buying direct from farmers—all of those are ways that consumers can support and contribute to regenerative agriculture and family farm-based ranchers and farmers."
At present, less than two percent of the US population is engaged in growing sustainable food. So in terms of government policy, they have but a tiny voice. This is particularly true for farmers practicing regenerative agriculture. According to Allen, regenerative farmers make up just one-tenth of one percent of the entire US population. 

They need the broader, stronger voice of consumers—not just by purchasing these products, but also by supporting policies from the USDA, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and others that would help further support regenerative agricultural practices. And, of course, by voting 
against policies that are detrimental to regenerative farmers.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/10/11/regenerative-agriculture-practices.aspx


THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 4/8/2018 7:21pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • I have a extra half of a Dirt Hog, $1/#, about 100#, plus processing costs. Let me know.
  • Martins returned this past week.  With the snow today they may have come a week early.  It was just the scouts, so hopefully this next week the rest will show.
  • We have scheduled the next ground beef  for April 21.  If you want to be added to the list be sure to email me this week.  There is a 10 pound minimum.   The cost has increased to $5.50 as the processor has increased their costs for this year.

More Benefits of Grass Fed Farming

Grass fed animal products are not only better for the environment, they're better for the animals and public health. Levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) increase by two- to threefold when cattle are grass finished as opposed to grain finished, for instance.16

This is a significant benefit, as CLA is associated with a lower risk of cancer and heart disease and optimized cholesterol levels. The ratio of dietary fats is also healthier in grass fed beef. According to Back to Grass: The Market Potential for U.S. Grassfed Beef, a report produced by a collaboration between sustainable agriculture and ecological farming firms:

Grass fed meat is also higher in antioxidants like vitamins E and A, the report noted, along with the enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase, which mop up free radicals that could otherwise hasten oxidation and spoilage. Grain feeding cows also encourages the growth of E. coli in the animals' gut, as it leads to a more acidic environment. Grain-fed cows live in a state of chronic inflammation, which increases their risk of infection and disease, and necessitates low doses of antibiotics in feed for disease-prevention purposes.18

This isn't the case with grass fed cattle, which stay naturally healthy as they're allowed access to pasture, sunshine and the outdoors. In a Consumer Reports study of 300 raw ground beef samples, grass fed beef raised without antibiotics was three times less likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant bacteria compared to conventional (CAFO) samples.19

The grass fed beef was also less likely to be contaminated with E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus than the CAFO meat. So while giving you more nutrition, you're also less likely to be exposed to drug-resistant pathogens when eating grass fed food.

How to Find High-Quality Grass Fed Products

The majority of animal foods sold in the U.S. are raised on CAFOs, not grass fed farms. You can make a significant difference in your health and that of the environment and local community by seeking out foods from small farmers using AMP grazing and other regenerative agriculture practices.

For those who live in the local area will appreciate this article as we have/are enduring the tired talking points from the usual ag organizations about “feeding the world” and jobs. I'm referring to the proposed CAFO of 6999 cattle near Powell Gardens. I guess the ones on the pro side have forgotten what happened to the chicken and pork producers.



Oh yes, we are still grazing and finishing beef on grass, weeds, legumes and whatever else is in our pastures.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/04/03/adaptive-multi-paddock-grazing.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3&utm_campaign=20180403Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM197388&et_rid=262971723







THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 4/2/2018 2:48pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • The next ground beef day is scheduled for April 21.  Pick up will be at the farm between 12 and 1 pm.  The price will be $5.50 per pound.  We were at the KC Food Circle this past Saturday, and the prices for ground beef from two to the participants were $8.40 and $7.00.  The EXPO was well attended and thankfully the weather was nice.  Just missed a snowy disaster.
  • I received a call from a local pork producer and they have three extra market hogs.  They will weigh around 260# live weight.  Hanging weight will be around 200#.  The price will be $1.05/# hanging weight.  I have one and a half on my list.  If interested let me know.  
  • I have a new source for raw milk.  He has Brown Swiss and it is possibly A2.  He was not familiar with the benefits of A2 milk protein.  Here is his phone number, 816-716-8601.  He is located about 5 miles east of Holden, just south on O highway.
  • I guess the Purple Martins knew something that we didn't.  They are still not here.  They must have known it was going to snow.  They aren't coming until there is something to eat.  They are not the bird feeder crowd.  They just like flying insects.
  • Our young tomato plants survived the cold last night in our small greenhouse.
  • The price for our freezer beef for 2018 will be $4.25/#.  This is a six percent increase from last year.  This tracks with the local grocery stores price for their ground beef.  Our pricing is tied directly to their price for their best ground beef; has been at $5.29 for the past few months.  Last year it was $4.99/#.
  • Remember, Virginia's chicken day is April 12.  Contact her at souscon4@gmail.com.

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Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, commented today on a new report released by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office Inspector General (OIG) that finds more than a billion dollars in SBA-backed loans may have inappropriately gone to ineligible companies operating in the poultry industry. 

 

“When SBA loans go to firms that aren’t supposed to receive them, it means there are fewer resources available for deserving, small businesses who struggle to secure capital,” Velázquez noted.  “The findings in the OIG report are profoundly troubling and I look forward to working with Chairman Chabot to exercise vigorous oversight, including potentially holding hearings in the future.”

 

The OIG’s recently released report found that large chicken companies exercised such control over chicken growers that government-backed small business loans made to the growers should not have been eligible for assistance under the SBA’s flagship 7(a) program.  In fact, the report suggests, between Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017, $1.8 billion worth of ineligible loans may have been made to chicken growers.  

 

“It appears from this report that chicken growers that are effectively controlled by Big Agriculture are benefiting from taxpayer-backed loans that are meant for small companies,” Velázquez added.  “It remains to be seen whether this is a violation of SBA procedure or the law, but certainly it runs afoul of the intent of this program, which is to help small business and startups that struggle to access credit elsewhere.”

 

I have wondered for some time how these “contract growers” could build eight of those houses at over $500,000 each???

 

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Weekly Use of Chemical Cleaning Solutions Is Comparable to Pack-a-Day Smoking



Story at-a-glance

  • Although automobile emissions are declining, contributions to air pollution from household products is rising, now estimated to be 50 percent of volatile organic compound (VOC) air pollution

  • Once VOCs migrate outside your home they react with nitrogen oxides and heat, transforming into ozone, and when exposed to sunlight, the VOCs transform into fine particulate matter

  • Researchers find those who use cleaning sprays as seldom as once a week for 20 years suffer similar decline in lung function as those who smoke a pack a day for 10 to 20 years

  • Irritants and VOCs in cleaning supplies are linked to long-term health damage, including cancer and reduced lung function. Short-term effects include increased asthma, skin conditions and reproductive problems

  • You likely already have the best cleaning supplies in your kitchen, as you can clean most anything in your home with different combinations of white vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, lemons and coconut oil

 

Here is the link for the above, https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/03/07/cleaning-products-as-bad-as-smoking.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180307Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM191025&et_rid=234892836

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May be a solution to a neck ache. https://youtu.be/jcrii9_Um0I

 



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 3/19/2018 8:53pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We started renovating our pastures this past weekend.  Just in time.  Had a nice rain so new seed got a good soaking.  Hope to continue later this week.  This is the basic ingredient for our grass finished beef.  Our new crop of beef calves started this past week.  They'll get over two years to enjoy the sward and then we'll start taking orders for their grass finished beef.
  • Our Guernsey heifer had her calf this morning, so I'll be milking regularly for at least six weeks until the calf can handle all of it.  
  • Remember, the KC EXPO is coming up March 30.  We'll be there.
  • No Purple Martins yet.  They were late last year, and it looks like that is repeating.
  • We are converting our raised beds to a drip system.  Also, I have added Coconut Coir to my mix this year.  My source for the mix I use did not have any rice hulls, but had the Coconut Coir.  This may be a great additive, even better than the rice hulls.   The coir has the property of absorbing and holding water.  That is a definite plus for raised beds, as they tend to dry out rather quickly.  Should save on water usage.
  • Debra has a bunch of newly started plants ready to transplant into the beds.  

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As “organic” factory dairies flood the market with cheap milk, all organic milk prices are tanking. Wisconsin organic dairy farmer Jim Goodman voices his frustration with the new market realities and with the USDA’s refusal to enforce pasture regulations on industrial-scale organic farms. These giant farms push their cows so hard for milk, they have to buy new heifers to replace those that burn out. The glut of questionable milk enables them to have contracts with stores like Walmart and Costco, undermining the market for truly organic milk, like Goodman’s. His cows are on pasture as long as the season allows and are treated with dignity. Cornucopia offers a dairy scorecard to help shoppers support real organic farmers.
https://www.cornucopia.org/2018/02/small-organic-dairy-farmer-speaks/?utm_source=eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=3.3.18&utm_campaign=GoodmanMORE  

Whether CAFO farms are actually organic is the real question. USDA inspectors insist these farms, like Aurora in Colorado, are meeting the standards despite investigations by the Washington Post and Cornucopia Institute showing only a few hundred cows at most, out of a herd of 15,000 on pasture at any given time.
Having raised cattle on pasture all my life, I am always at a loss to understand how 15,000 cows could be moved to and from pasture between milkings. Cows move slowly, 15,000 would require hundreds of acres of grass per day—that is a long walk. Impossible.
But having the blessing of USDA, CAFOs continue to grow to the point that “About half of the organic milk sold in the U.S. is coming from very large factory farms that have no intention of living up to organic principles.” according to Mark Kastel, co-director of the nonprofit Cornucopia Institute.

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ACTION ALERT: Save Our Farmers, Farms and Soil!

Dear Art,

I’m writing to ask you to support the Food & Farm Act, a regenerative and organic version of the Farm Bill that represents our best hope for saving our farmers, farms and soil.

TAKE ACTION: Your help is urgently needed! Please ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the Food & Farm Act today!

You’ve heard it said before: No Farms, No Food. 

But let’s not forget: No Soil, No Farms.

A few years ago, the United Nations 
warned that on average, the world has fewer than 60 growing seasons left. That grim statistic is based on how rapidly the world’s soils are be degraded, in large part due to poor management.

The situation looks bleak for our soils—and just as bad for our farmers. So bad, that 
that experts 
compare the current situation to the 1980s when bankruptcies and foreclosures contributed to the loss of 296,360 farms.

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Art,

We bought 3 Rib roasts from you about a week ago. Best meat I've ever had! Definitely buying those again. 

Thank you for all you do to give the best real food possible.

Sincerely, 

Leslie and Rob

 

THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 3/5/2018 8:49pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Looks like warmer weather is here.  Grass is starting to wake up.  We will be sorting out the cows due to start calving about Mar. 15.  We will be weighing some of the beeves this week.  We will then schedule with the processor.  If you are on the list for freezer beef, we will be starting soon.
  • We still have some lard and a few marrow bones.  Also we have a few rib roasts.
  • Virginia is having her first chicken day, May 12.  If you are wanting free range fryers, email her,  souscon4@gmail.com.  She also has two fat lambs.
  • I am including a link to an article about grass finished beef and an embedded link about CAFO's.  I know some locals are concerned about a CAFO in Johnson County. We believe in "eating what's local" ( but not from CAFOs) and vote with our dollars accordingly.
  • We made a decision when we began our grass finished beef business; our price per pound would track very closely with the price of beef at our local grocery store.  The only difference would be that you have to have a freezer and buy  a quarter, half or whole.  So, you will pay the same amount, just have to buy it all at one time.

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Do NOT Take Calcium If You Have a Heart Condition or Atrial Fib

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDPZKlgxZzg&feature=em-subs_digest

 

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Why Conventional Meat Is Bad for You

Many so-called experts continue to suggest meat production — especially beef — contributes to environmental destruction. Therefore, the logic follows, if you give up eating meat from farm animals, you will help reduce your carbon footprint.

As Williams, Savory and others attest, the reality is not all meat production is the same, especially when it comes to beef. While all cows begin their lives foraging for grass on open pasture, about 97 percent of U.S. cattle spend their last days in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), where they are fattened with grain prior to slaughter.

This system of using CAFOs, which are hotbeds for disease and antibiotic misuse, is energy-intensive and responsible for the high carbon emissions normally associated with livestock operations. If you need more convincing about the dangers of CAFOS, also known as factory farms, check out my “The Truth About Factory Farms” infographic.

Of particular cause for alarm is the long-standing practice CAFOs have of feeding low doses of antibiotics to farm animals, which enables pathogens to survive, adapt and eventually thrive. The reality that nearly 80 percent of antibiotics administered in the U.S. go into farm animals should give you a sense of why CAFOs are becoming increasingly more well-known for their role in spreading deadly antibiotic-resistant disease.

Here is link for entire article, Why This Meat Is so Healthy

Grass fed meat is the healthiest and safest meat you can consume, and sales of it continue to rise. 



https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/02/19/why-is-grass-fed-meat-healthier.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ms1&utm_campaign=20180304Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM191003&et_rid=231311093



For those in the local area be sure to click on the link above, The Truth About Factory Farms. There is a local issue with a CAFO near Powell Gardens.

 

 


MARROW BONES!!





THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com